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Grateful Dead Live at Richmond Coliseum on 1985-11-01


Topics Live concert


Dancin' In The Streets-> Cold Rain & Snow, Little Red Rooster, Stagger Lee, Me & My Uncle, Big River, Brown Eyed Women, Jack Straw-> Don't Ease Me In Samson & Delilah, High Time, He's Gone-> Spoonful-> Comes A Time-> Lost Sailor-> Drums-> Saint Of Circumstance-> Gimme Some Lovin'-> She Belongs To Me-> Gloria, E: Day Job


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Richmond Coliseum
Location Richmond, VA

Source Oade DFOB -- Schoeps CMC441 (spaced 17cm@90deg) + CMC42 (Spread 8')> Oade M118 > Sony PCM-F1 > DAT (@44.1k)

Notes

Sources: Primary Source:Oade DFOB -- Schoeps CMC441 (spaced 17cm@90deg) + CMC42 (Spread 8')> Oade M118 > Sony PCM-F1 > DAT (@44.1k)
DAT>SHN -- Sony PCM-M1>Coax 7 pin>Zoltrix Nightingale (coax mod)>Soundforge 5.0 (No Processing)>CDWAV (track splitting)>SHN (Seekable: Secondary Source:Charlie Connor's Cassette Master: FOB>Beyer M88's>Sony TCM D5>Wav:The Secondary Source Supplies patch on d1t02 3:28-3:34: Seeded to etree by Darrin Sacks with thanks to JJ; also to abgd via Charlie Connor; 3/01 update: this date is now released as Dick's Picks 21- go buy that

Reviews

Reviewer: SeismicShift - - June 3, 2015
Subject: High Time in Richmond
This was one of my first 10 Grateful Dead Shows, if I had to guess, probably number 6 or 7, and I was 15 years old. It was also the best Grateful Dead show I every saw out of the additional 120 that came there-after. I also remember talking to a seasoned tour veteran at the show who had seen at least 150 shows before Richmond 1985 and it was his favorite too, so, could it be the best of 300 between him and me? Yup! The second show was no slouch either, but this first night was pure magic. Comes a Time, Lost Sailor we're masterpieces and Bobby singing Gloria in praise of the approaching hurricane was like nothing I've ever seen. Inside the coliseum it was circus, dance party, fun house and rollercoaster all wrapped up in a rainbow tornado of something magical and fierce. You know when the Dead would REALLY open up and just lay it on the table, yes, it was the magic, all night. The downside was there we're over 185 arrests the first night, as I saw gangs of undercover police opening up car doors as they saw fit and pulling people out with no cause and searching them. Bittersweet memory, best personal show ever.
Reviewer: dupree413 - - November 2, 2012
Subject: Still gets me
I have had this show since friends returned from the fall tour 27 years ago.

While I am partial to shows from 81 to 85, this is still the one that "gets me".

The first set is very good. You can hear Bob noodle on "Spoonful" before deciding on "Rooster". "Stagger Lee" is solid and "Jack Straw" is a nice surpise to close the set (I know "Don't Ease").

But the second set is incredible. "Samson" gets things off to romping start. "High Time" is a gem, a surprise, and this one is one of my all time favs. "He's Gone" really and truly seems like it will be the end of the pre-Drums song selection. It's easy to say now that you can "sense" the upcoming "Spoonful". But listening to the tapes for the first time (and I'm sure for those who attended) it raises gooseflesh on your neck. "Comes a Time" is Jerry pouring out his heart. And who could ever have guessed "Lost Sailor" was still in the boys.
"St. of Circumstance" seems like the obvious choose out of space...but again, at the time - it could have been something different.

"She Belongs To Me" is beautiful. And we can forgive Bob for pulling out his rock star finest performance of what has to be the boys best version of "Gloria". (I know they played it again - but I could not tell you when).

Again - if I had to pick 3 shows from '85 this would be one. The other 2? Hmmm....have to think about that one!

Enjoy - God bless.
Reviewer: WillieWard1 - - November 1, 2012
Subject: 27 years ago today
my favorite show of all the ones i saw.if you have never heard this show, do it.
Reviewer: n2thelite - - May 12, 2012
Subject: *****
SOUNDS GOOD!
Reviewer: laptap3r - - December 7, 2008
Subject: Who needs Dicks Picks...?
...when you have the Oade Brothers? :-D Listen to Gloria on this and on the Dick's Picks version and you'll know why sometimes a board is just something you hold onto until a good AUD comes along.
Reviewer: Chris U. - - July 23, 2008
Subject: All Jerry, All the Time
The High Time is a brain bender and the Healy's mix is very interesting (emphazing whatever player he deems "on" at the moment, and nearly universally correct) ... just listen to the He's Gone at 1:40 when Jeryy hits a really sweet chord and injects the song with life it hadn't had in ... many months, indeed.

Bobby's Little Red Rooster seems littler than ever.

I'm dinging this show for the slop at the end of Comes a Time which is just unforgivable, in spite of the heroic "rescue" of the chord changes at the last minute.
Reviewer: TokenRhymes - - June 5, 2008
Subject: Great Story...
Should have been called 'Dancing in the Sheets'! :)
Reviewer: Bookboy73 - - February 15, 2008
Subject: Dancin' in the Streets!!! ???
Hello fellow Dead heads. I have got a story about this show to share and it is a doozy! I was at this show, my first show, my first "trip", and it rocked like no other....When Jerry opened with "Dancin' in the Streets", the most wacky experience in my life happened...I was doing my little hippie dance, in my own "trippy" world and this beautiful hippie chick tapped me on the shoulder and I swear she said the following..."will you love me from behind?" Well, how could I pass on that?!?! I was an 18 year old virgin and let me tell you it was a night of "first" for me! First trip, first show, and to boot, my first time! So I descretly lifted this fine lady's long flower hippie dress and just went for it! Livin' for the moment, I tell you what! Talk about Dancin' in the Streets! Afterwords, she kindly said "thank you, I needed that" and went on her merry way. I never saw her again that night. That song should have been re-named "Dancin' in her Dress"! But here is where the story gets even crazier....about 2 weeks later, it felt like I was no longer "Dancin' in the Steets", but "burning in my pants". Yep, you guessed it...a burning case of the clap....
Now, whenever I hear Jerry playing "Dancin' in the Streets", that aweful burning sensation comes rushing right back to my mind! I loved that show, by far the best I had ever been to, but I can not ever listen to that song anymore!
One other fine moment was Bobby's "Gloria". The best show I ever heard and a night to remember! I sure hope I don't have a child I don't know about! Either way, if I had it to do over, I would not change a thing! The Best Show! Well, at least for me....
Reviewer: tmbrewt - - January 19, 2008
Subject: the past
I was at this show. Met and talked to Grcia a few days later and could really only say thanks for this show. He knew what i ment. I am a fan of late 60's and early 70's shows, but i will say when I saw them in 84 and 85 there was something special going on that did not happen again. Connot explain it but listen to them compared to the years after. Something changed.
Reviewer: Bird Creek, Alaska - - November 1, 2007
Subject: Hail Oade and His Recording Effort
Grate sound. Grate recording. Grate Aud.
Reviewer: blackngold - - August 25, 2007
Subject: OnFire!
I was 17 and in high school in the Washington D.C. area in the Fall of 1985. These were the days when you could still buy tickets the day they went on sale without camping out. We did camp out, but after we bought our tickest we realized we hadn't bought enough so we got right back in line and five minutes later bought two more. If I remember corrctly it was a general admission show. Cold, rainy weather for most of the weekend. I took acid for the first time at a Dead show and what a show! I was still new enough to seeing shows (my first was in 1981) that I didn't analyze it critically while it was going down - just enjoyed it for the moment. I remember going back to the hotel after the show and not being able to sleep and going out to my car at three in the morning to crank the studio version of Terrapin Station, which was very trippy, especially while on acid. I saw the two Merriweather shows in 85 and they were hot as well. I was always a Brent man. After he died things starting going downhill, especially after 1991.
Reviewer: shennygolfer - - December 8, 2006
Subject: at the hotel
Met Phil and Bobby at the hotel after the show and asked Phil why this show was such a struggle. He laughed and told me I should have asked Jerry this question. Phil was not pleased with the nights effort as was Bobby. I got the impression from them both that Jerry was pretty out of it (high) and this was the reason Bob and Phil kept trying to pick up the pace only to have ole Jer drag it back down a notch or two.
Reviewer: billymumphrey - - December 6, 2006
Subject: GLORIA!
Probably one of the best shows of the year so far, and I've listened to them all. I wish they would have played GLORIA more, a grate tune to end a show. Also, the Oade recordings are excellent, I would describe them as "audience" soundboards. Clear, upfront, powerful sound.
Reviewer: skuzzlebutt - - November 16, 2006
Subject: Best show of 1985
This was the best show of '85 in my opinion; the second night is tremendous as well but I think this one edges it slightly- Killer 1-2 of Dancin' and Cold Rain to open, 3 Jerry ballads before drums, Sailor/Sant split up by drums/space, She Belongs To Me...just an absolutely stellar effort.

Now, to the Toolbox down below who wants to justify his gate crashing because HE had a great time (and it's all about HIM, of course): Thanks, nitwit! Because of you and your kind, plate glass doors were shattered, people were injured, the cops cracked down like crazy and the city of Richmond banned the Dead from ever returning...the whole scene would have been so much better off without you.
Reviewer: bangtailpoet - - November 2, 2006
Subject: Problem with zipped folder
I had the same problem.
Reviewer: East Coast - - May 3, 2006
Subject: Great Show..but
This was a great show but not as good as the second night. However, these two shows definately are two of the hottest runs I have seen. Ranks up there with the back to back 85 Merriweather shows and the 85 Phili Spectrum shows. Nuff said about that, this is a sweet download. I was at the shows and didn't crash the gate...because gatecrashers SUCK. Definately worth the download. Too bad it was the last time in Richmond...because of the gatecrashing...maybe. Did I say that gatecrashers "SUCK!!!"
Reviewer: DavidGlasses - - February 22, 2006
Subject: Wow-- wish I'd seen these kinds of shows
I was 14 when this show happened, and years away from seeing the Dead. I so wish I could have seen Brent play, wish I could have seen teh Dead in their prime. And Brent-- what a heavy presence, great harmonies, etc. Anyway, this show is great. The High Time/He's Gone back-to-back in set two is a treat.
Reviewer: ripcurldead - - January 17, 2006
Subject: Hurricane in Richmond
This tour stared off for me in Columbia SC. My buddy was talking in the hallway of the Holiday INN when on of the cigarettes from some guy set off the smoke alarms.. Everyone was ushered out into the street. it was show time anyhow at that point, as we were passing through the turnsyles for a Halloween show, the fire trucks were arriving, odd note to start this tour off with I thought.
The next night were were in Richmond for a pair of shows.. The weather was cold and rainy Hurricane Gloria was in town, I did not have a ticket, not an unusual thing in those days. I circled the coliseum and the parking lots a for a few hours with NO LUCK, I couldn't believe it, no ticket after all the years I've been in the briar patch of the Grateful Dead, and was I going to be shut out of a show, this has NEVER happend to me, and Never did happen!! As I was looking for a ticket a real cute little brunete was also looking, so I started chatting her up, if nothing else maybe we could find a place to stay warm together hehehe.. Well, anotehr hour goes by and still no ticket and now it was show time, everyone was heading in, the parking lot was empting out, the lines to get in were almost gone and I was still outside!! Walking around the perimeter of the coliseum with this cute little girl gave me some hope of having someting fun to do if i didn't get in, then all of a sudden I heard all this commotion and and notcied a group of about 15 heads charging through this open door, so I ran towards the door without thinking, and ran across this gate that was down on the ground and boom I was in, I was officially a gate crasher.. I knew it was wrong, but this was a charge of necessity..oh well, never did it again..And I'm GLAD I did it That night!!I was in and just as I got in, the cops on horses had moved in and pinched off the rush. Once inside I was looking through the glass to the outside, and I saw my litte brunette waving in to me.. She didn't make it.. poor thing I thought, what a bummer, we waved to each other, smiled and I never saw her again.. So I pulled off my sweater and happily danced down to the floor. They were into Dancin' when I got in. I was rather settled just in time for C,R& S!! Got high and hooked up with my friends...
The 2nd set of this show will always stand out as one of my Favorites from this year and maybe in my top 5 favorite shows I attened.. 9-6-80 being #1...
By the time High Time started, the blotter was working rather nicely, to think just a few hours ealier I wasn't sure if I was seeing this show.... Comes a Time was hiting me like a brick wall, walking all morning, walking all night, and I taste the rain", just where I was a little while ago.... Listen to Jerry's solo near the end of the song, the music seems to have this ability to twist around backwards, inside out and almost seem to stall, but then like magic, the whole band just falls back toegther and Jerry's Solo continues!!!
Lost Sailor drifting off into drums/space was weird, everyone waiting for those Romping opening notes of Saint... Then after the drums zoom right into Saint!! Then She Belongs To Me, Jerry again just creating some magic, signing from his heart on thisone, and then the end of the set Gloria!!, Well if you haven't heard this Gloria you should, need too, must!!
After this show it was another confirmation as to why I spent so much time and money going to see this band!!
This AUD recording is great, i love hearing the Aud energy during Gloria!! This is avail on DicksPicks but, the huge Aud sound works for me on this one!!
I don't know who the OADES guys are, but man their recordings are GREAT!! A big huge THANK YOU to them for all their GREAT WORK!!! Thank you!!
Reviewer: Smores - - January 3, 2006
Subject: many "bests"
Best Gloria, best She Belongs To Me IMHO. Jerry is so into this show, belting out harmonies and singing the ballads so soulfully. Anyone who loves Jerry's ballads has just got to download this now.
Reviewer: Sir_Les - - December 14, 2005
Subject: corrupted SHN file?
I've downloaded the zipped SHN file of the entire show twice. When I try to unzip the folder, I get an error message saying the file is corrupted. Has anyone else encountered this problem?

Thanks!
(I have to choose a Star Rating to post this... So I'll give it an average rating, then come back and change it once I've actually heard the show.)
Reviewer: poor willie john - - October 17, 2005
Subject: Well....
You know, this show's little over-rated to me. Yeah, the first set is very good start to finish. But the second set is a bit of a disappointment. I mean, I'll give you that "High Time" and "Spoonful/Comes a Time" are great, but the rest is average at best (that Dylan tune's not second set material, and "He's Gone" is slow...again...).
Nice, but it ain't no '82.
Reviewer: Street Pig - - July 13, 2005
Subject: One of the finest
Yes it was rainy and real dark vibe on the outside, but inside! Wow! This a perfect example of a brillant looking, sounding, recorded and recevied set list. Both sets have superb performances as we all were blessed with the "X" factor that night. High Time, Comes a Time, She Belongs to me, splitting up the overdone Lost>Saint was a welcomed arrangement. Bobby;s spelling lesson during Gloria was awesome, the band was right there with him, Drums and Phil filled Richmond and another gem from Oade Brothers.
Reviewer: Matty Kid - - June 1, 2005
Subject: Gloria
Greatss show, great encore. you can feel the energy - awesome
Reviewer: Robert_NC - - May 10, 2005
Subject: Stellar show, best on the tour
The Fox shows were a big letdown, but the boys totally made up for it with this stellar performance. From Cold Rain to the late set Jack Straw the first set was reminiscent of the 70s - no crappy Esaus etc that were all too common in the 80s. Spoonful' was wicked. Everyone got real quiet during Comes A Time. I remember standing on the floor riveted by how sweet and crisp the sound was. Gloria is over the top. Hard to believe it's been 20 years. I remember being at this show like it was yesterday, and it still blows me away. No collection is complete without this gem.
Reviewer: lobster12 - - April 4, 2005
Subject: good show
word has it that all the shows leading up to this were horribly played. Can't say that about this beauty. basing the review on Dicks Picks recording. the second set hodgepodge is as interestinga setlist as I have ever seen. Listening to she belongs to me make sme wonder why that never stuck in the rotation.
Reviewer: f@!^yeah - - December 23, 2004
Subject: interesting recording
it sounds as if the mikes were a foot from mickey and bill's symbals. very nice sound. you know, this is what deadheads mean when they talk about good bootleggs
Reviewer: sheikyerbouti - - October 21, 2004
Subject: yup
This is a goodie and one of the best '85's no doubt a vintage people will square off abt for years to come as there are so many darn good shows - there are some neat twists to this and 20 songs here when most '85's are 15-16 x drums. This may get pick of the litter... Gloria is sick++
Reviewer: Brookeok - - October 16, 2004
Subject: Greatful Show
I am glad I made this show. Hurrincane Gloria followed up the coast and it was kind of bleak weather and a bad crasher scene, as well as cop scene, But what a show. The Dead were really on. Looks like a typical first set but the music was phenominal. The second set was amazing. It seemed like they would never go into drums/space. The recording is very good. It does capture some of the frenetic feeling of the show. The acoustics were great. I managed to get a tape recorded from the FM signal sent to the speaker inside the show. Prime.
Reviewer: hippieman556 - - September 8, 2004
Subject: review
this show is awsome really is a jerry night he is right on in this show really good to be able to hear it
Reviewer: Harold of the Rocks - - August 5, 2004
Subject: The best of 85
This is the first show I traveled more than 4 hours to see. I get down to the show and it was the biggest vending scene I had ever seen. What a bummer it was to be a broke student. Cold and rainy, there were twice as many people as there were tickets, and many people did break into the show. Somebody threw a bottle of dishwashing detergent into the fountain and it quickly became a fountain (and a mountain) of suds. The Man got the last laugh though.... he was undercover wearing tie-dyes and holding open cans of Budweiser. 200 people were allegedly arrested on this night... my buddy was one of them.

The show is obviously great from front to back and it's legacy as one of the greatest shows from the 80s isn't just hype. I believe many in attendance thought that Drums would be coming after the He's Gone. Then we got a Spoonful. Cool, but here comes the drums. Nope. Comes A Time instead and WOW! what a Comes A Time it was. Yes, Jerry dropped a whole pallett of bricks during the ending, but his recovery was nothing short of remarkable. Okay, here comes the drums. Nope, Lost Sailor. I believe it's the best Lost Sailor the band ever did. The fact that the band did 3 songs after He's Gone was a real surprise to me.

When I heard 11/1/85 was going to be a Dick's Pick, I was so psyched! My audience cassettes are GREAT sounding, but they were also 17 years old when the DP announcement was made. I get the copy of Dicks Picks and wow, what a huge let down. I never realized my audience cassettes would be a more enjoyable recording to listen to.

Now along comes Archive.org, offering up these incredible copies. I will take GREAT PRIDE in promptly removing the Dicks Picks copies from their CD case and replace them with these audience copies. Sorry Dick, nice cover art and all, but this audience copy is better than the sterile, dry soundboard. I won't throw out the DP copies, but I doubt I'll ever listen to them again after hearing this source.
Reviewer: mystickaya - - June 3, 2004
Subject: Jerry's show!!
This show is ALL JERRY!! An absolutely stunning performance in an all around so-so year. Tear jerking versions of High Time, Comes A Time & She Belongs To Me. An A+++ recording. This has got to rank up there with one of Jerry's best vocal nights..
Reviewer: Mr. Mystery - - May 9, 2004
Subject: High Time solo
Jerry plays a rare solo on "High Time" which is one of the greatest things I've ever heard him play. Actually just the beginning seven notes of the solo. Shockingly brilliant. Check it out.
Reviewer: fez_43 - - April 24, 2004
Subject: some comments
i got this seed off of furthur.net awhile ago and I am glad to see it up here....Its the best aud recording I have ever heard (and I am a taper) and even surpasses the dicks picks version of this show. (I am not the first to make that comment either)...cannot stress enough how amazing this show sounds- grab it and the next night ASAP if you know whats good for you. :)
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